Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Labour Shuffles The Pack At Reading Council

Changes At Reading Council Leadership Team
The Labour Party administration at Reading Borough Council will confirm a reshuffle of lead member positions and revised portfolios at the Annual General Meeting of the council tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd May).

The revised line-up will be as follows:

Leader - Councillor Jo Lovelock
Deputy Leader - Cllr Tony Page

Lead Member Portfolios

  • Adult Social Care - Cllr Tony Jones (replaces Cllr Rachel Eden)
  • Children's Services - Cllr Liz Terry (replaces Cllr Jan Gavin)
  • Corporate & Consumer Services - Cllr Jason Brock (new position)
  • Culture, Heritage & Recreation - Cllr Sarah Hacker (revised portfolio)
  • Education - Cllr Ashley Pearce (replaces Cllr Tony Jones)
  • Health, Wellbeing & Sport - Cllr Graham Hoskin (revised portfolio)
  • Housing - Cllr John Ennis
  • Neighbourhoods & Communities - Cllr Sophia James (revised portfolio, replaces Cllr Liz Terry)
  • Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport - Cllr Tony Page

Committee Chairs

  • Adult Social Care, Children's Services & Education - Cllr David Absolom
  • Housing, Neighbourhoods & Lesiure - Cllr Richard Davies
  • Licensing Committee - Cllr Paul Woodward
  • Planning Committee - Cllr Chris Maskell
  • Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport - Cllr Debs Absolom
  • Transport Management Sub Committee - Cllr Mohammed Ayub

The following other nominations will be made:


  • Mayor - Cllr Deborah Edwards
  • Deputy Mayor - Cllr Paul Woodward

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Cintra Park Upgrade

Work started this week on a £70,000 upgrade in Cintra Park.

The multi-use games area at Cintra Park which opened in July 2006 has now reached the end of its life and is to be refurbished. As well as a new surface, new perimeter fencing will also be installed and the floodlighting will be inspected.

The work  will be carried out the work during May and June, thus avoiding the football season and the school summer holidays. Regular hirers should not be affected by the five week closure as alternative pitches will be offered. It is anticipated that the courts will be open to coincide with the start of Wimbledon.

In addition, the bark chippings in the play area will be replaced by a wetpour/rubber surface. This will reduce maintenance costs as there will no longer be an annual top up required. In addition a new large basket style swing to replace the rotating unit.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Redlands Public Surgery Today

Councilllors David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones hold public surgeries for residents in Redlands all the year round.


"Just Walk In" surgeries are held on the second Saturday of every month, alternately at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road and at the Hexham Road Community Centre. 

Surgery hours are 10.30am until noon.

No appointment is necessary, and all discussions are confidential.

Today's surgery is at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road.

We also undertake regular "street surgeries" on most other Saturdays in the year. This is where we deliver notices to you a day or two beforehand, then on the following Saturday morning, if you want to see us you all  you have to do is put up the "Please Call In" notice in your window.